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to be successful. i know the prime minister will be a key leader for that. about 80% of americans believe that u.s.-japan relationships is the most important foundational relationship in asia. it is emblematic of how a important we give this relationship. in his tenure and president obama's second term, we are delighted to have him here. please welcome him with your applause, prime minister abe. [applause] >> thank you for your warm introduction. thank you, ambassador. thank you, governor. thank you, doctor green. and thank you all for joining me today. last year, we updated a paper about japan. they asked if japan would end up becoming that nation. here is my answer to you. japan is not and will never be a tier two country. that is the core message i am here to make. i am back. [laughter] [applause] thank you. and so shall japan be. that is what i wanted to say. i could stop here and take questions for the next 50 minutes. i know, however, that society has started to look anxious. bear with me for another 20 minutes. the time i have spent, five years, since being prime minister. first and foremos
their approach to the syrian conflict does something they could do to reassure the u.s. and the international community, it seems to be another clear implication of what you are saying is that the u.s. takes further steps to support the syrian opposition it would be read as strengthening their view that we are out to get them. >> we are out to get assaad. are we ipso facto out to get adirondacks -- to get iran? are we going to protect the allies, which is something i think we need to do despite the fact that they have a bad record? no one in syria has a sterling record, but it think we need to give them the opportunity to say there is a news syria forming. do they want to be engaged? what is the relationship there? i'm not very optimistic that we could get the iranians on board, but maybe you could find a way to make them increasingly less relevant. do they equate that with a regime change? maybe. we have to be aware of it. i think that's a stretch. i think the iranians could see, what i say is increasing value in the opportunity to talk if they begin to understand that the region is not movi
defense secretary leon panetta and general martin dempsey about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi that resulted in the death of four americans. one week ago today, this committee heard from senator chuck hegel -- hagel to be the next defense secretary. the center of south carolina said he would put a hold on former senator hagel's nomination unless leon panetta agreed to testify. this is the first of two harris we will show you today. this and later this afternoon, the confirmation hearing for cia director nominee, john brennan, currently the counter-terrorism chief. >> good morning, everybody. we welcome secretary of defense leon panetta and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey to testify about the department of defense's response to the deadly terrorist attack on the u.s. temporary mission facility in benghazi, libya on september 11 and all of last year. the findings of its review following that attack, including lessons learned. i want to remind colleagues that we will receive testimony next tuesday morning the doved d.o.d. released a tim
of the united states, section 202-d of the national emergency act, 50, u.s.c., 1622-d provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration the president publishes in the federal register and transmits to the congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. in accordance with this provision, i have sent to the federal register for publication the enclosed notice. stating that the national emergency declared in executive order 13396 of february 7, 2006, with respect to the situation in or in relation to coat defor, is to continue in effect beyond february 7, 2013. the situation in or in relation , which has been addressed by the united nations security council and resolution 1572 of november 15, 2004, and subsequent resolutions has resulted in the massacre of large numbers of civilians, widespread human rights abuses, significant political violence and unrest, and fatal attacks against international peacekeeping forces since the inauguration of the president in may of
not as of yet. >> u.s. your republican colleagues on the committee to join you, buy or -- you have asked your republican colleagues on the committee to join you -- why or why not? [inaudible] >> first of all, i did not ask members to join me because i am not advancing legislation here. it is not like i will call them up to be a co-sponsor, there is nothing here to co-sponsor. in fact i made very clear as we were drafting its that i did not want to have the specific legislation in here. when we first started off my critical minerals bill was in here, which i usually supported, but this is -- if this is really a conversation starter, let's allow it to be just that. there is nothing predetermine, preordained, nothing determined in there. what i wanted to do was developing these discrete pieces of legislation where i go to my colleagues and ask for their specific support and i hope that they will take a look at it and there will be initiatives that will look at and say -- hey, coming from this perspective, i have this idea and maybe we can build a bill together. how can we make things happen? tha
government is tied to a large number of cyber attacks on the u.s.. if the administration released a report that it will consider fines and other trade actions against china or any other country guilty of cyber espionage. we will continue to follow that story and bring you any remarks that may come out from administration officials today. the supreme court is expected to hear arguments in late march in two prominent cases that could test the bounds of laws restricting gay marriage. authors of "recently released book some day marriage recently debated the issue at harvard university. it is and about how to by the federalist society at harvard. this is one hour. >> thank you. richard fallon is the junior professor of constitutional law at harvard law school. he also earned a ba degree from oxford university, where he was a rhodes scholar. he served as a law clerk to justices of the united states supreme court and has written extensively about constitutional and federal courts law. he is the author of several books. we are very grateful for him for participating. andrew koppelman is the john p
to the u.s. department of health and human services that if they assume the responsibility for the individual exchange and that includes the web site portalforindividuals, including the tax credits. further, we would say that because utah is doing the business portion of the business , that there's no need to have a federal exchange doing the business. so we have a clear line of demark occasion. we are going to do the business and the federal government will do the individual side of this and see if we cannot, in fact, co-exist peacefully here and provide that to the marketplace. there are details yet to be worked out and putting this together and making sure that we are doing this in an appropriate way. but i was gratified and encouraged, when i met with secretary see bell yuss -- sebelius today, that they will look at it and see if there is something we can agree upon. the phrase she used was, i would like to find a way to get to yes. so i'm cautiously optimistic and have a ways to go and will be meeting with them in the next couple of weeks to bring closure to this issue
at sigtarp and was also at the u.s. securities and exchange commission who -- and served as counsel to mary schapiro and christopher cox. and investigative financial fraud, insider trading and other violations of securities law. she spent time as a litigator. her jd is from brigham young law school and she went to school here, old dominion university. the special inspector general from tarp and a recent report. treasury continues approving excessive -- excessive pay. on twitter -- is this all hindsight? guest: it is interesting. one of the things we constantly report on is things that should have been done better. you have to respect that a lot of decisions were made with a sense of urgency. but the compensation decisions were not. there was plenty of time to set up a good system for that. and even for the discount -- for the decisions that were made in a rush, it is really important we point out how things could have been done better. let's say we get and the situation where there is another crisis. and treasury and the regulators are running around with a sense of courtesy in an emergency
in the destiny of the planet. terrorists should be afraid. the u.s. industry should be afraid. because what we are going to do is come up with 810 thousands of european gdp and is going to be of maximum impact on our gdp as well. and i've even heard rumors that france will pare these numbers even more so that it gets more money back. this budget will let least be fair. when you took office in paris, mr. president, you said that fairness and justice will be priorities underpinning all of their actions. now is a chance for you to shut you meant that. the financing is the most unjust that there is. five of the richest companies pay relatively less than the 10 poorest ones, and they're all new member states. overall reform based on new resources, and we are pleased about where you had to say about that fight. you said it was basically going to fight to put a seating on -- a ceiling on its own contribution, which means making it tougher and more expensive for the poorest countries. we have to find some way of reducing for the next seven years. cohesion from expenditures, countries like greece, port
consultations with the u.s., which would certainly regard as an escalation. to invoke article v of the security treaty and ask for help in self-defense? what do we decide we're going to give them? rightfully scared forces out of that immediate area. the credibility of the alliance is on the line. we say that a lot, but the japanese have enticed a number with taiwan and china for several years now and if we did not back them up at a time when japanese military lives are being lost, then release are forward base base in the pacific and from that aren't tired strategic linchpin from others. [inaudible] [inaudible] >> the question is a bacteria and what the united states should do. he suggested at the beginning next year is one of the better developed countries in the middle east. syria has never been one of the better developed countries in the middle east. baptism is socialism and socialism doesn't work anywhere, least of all the place with no natural resources in state-owned industries. said syria was not doing well at all prior to the up week of the civil war. the problem is that there's no goo
. meanwhile on tuesday, pakistan's ambassador to the u.s. discussed the issue of drone attacks saying strikes are indirect violation of international law and her events came at an event hosted by the "christian science monitor." >> i want to ask you about the drones. pakistan's position is that the drone strikes are a violation of your sovreignty and international law and i think under both of those guidelines you have the right to self-defense. and further, just to guide your answer, has pakistan threatened to shoot down drones, and if not, why not? the reason i ask this is because there is an understanding that while pakistan publicly opposes the strike, privately it sort of winks. >> let me address this as most people do to speak to what they can in terms of the question put and it's an important question and you do ask -- you ask a question which many ask, is there a quiet come policity in this. let me assure you, there is no question of quiet come policity or wink and nod. this is a parliamentary red line all government institutions have internalized as policy. and you know, i say this a
that is the biggest window. that is not over populated by u.s. capacity and capability. it is not religious. it is a it is not religious. we can extend it as needed. it should make us be more urgent. we find that when we bring urgency to almost any discussion inside of the u.s. government is a constructive thing to do. >> there are a number of areas in the u.s. government that look at failed and failing state. the undersecretary for political affairs has that responsibility. dns see used to chair and -- the nsc used to chair a committee. how does cso play into this? >> we try to work with everyone that you mentioned. we want to be aggregators of talent and good work that has gone on. for example, something as simple as analytics, we have a metadata analyst in our shop now, but we want him to be an aggregator of aggregators. i keep saying you have to be made silver on steroids -- nate silver on steroids. we cannot run enough staff to review and it turns out the intelligence community loves being called by the state department. they are flattered by it. they want their wo
was investigated for e-mail exchanges with a woman in florida and cleared of wrongdoing. earlier today, former u s ambassador to israel thomas pickering previewed the visit to israel and the possibility of military force being used by the usa in dealing with the iran nuclear program in a discussion at the brookings institution. >> this little book came to the conclusion that as of the summer, zones of impunity, community aside -- of nudity aside, israel -- community, israel had a delay of four years, maybe a little bit more. they related to different styles of attack, different capacities. none of them, in any book that i ever read, short of a permanent occupation on the ground of around has the capacity to stop forever. so the first thing we have is the military is a temporary solution in the notion that something will turn out with serious drawbacks and that is why it is on the table but not rapidly being used. from what the president has said, without excepting the challenge from benjamin netanyahu, he has basically said that if iran is going ahead to make a nuclear weapon, and we think we woul
that you mentioned with pakistan overseeing the u.s. plans to withdraw from afghanistan with plans to keep a number of troops stationed in pakistan. wondering how that whole situation would be affected if pakistan were to some regional parties and how relations between the countries would be affected? >> the expectation is that pakistan is going to go through what i would call a vertical meltdown. it will not officially become a failed state, but when organs of the state start acting on their own, and at the height of pakistani integrity of the nation, you can imagine when the country starts to disintegrate in -- at various levels, what we are going to see in terms of proliferation and involvement of pakistan in all sorts of things which are against our interests. i think that the whole issue of india-pakistan would be exacerbated as a result of the potential of pakistani involvement in the middle east, which is also something which is almost obvious. the saudis did finance them, and they do have a prior agreement with them, things that the indians would be extremely concerned about what t
. ms. pelosi: madam speaker, i'm going to yield to my colleague in a minute. the ywca u.s.a. supports the bipartisan senate bill that we are urging members to support and reject the house bill. with that i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from illinois who came to congress fully committed to passing this legislation, mr. quigley, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for one minute. mr. quigley: thank you, madam speaker. well, if this is for all, and this is for everybody, why attempt to strip out essential protections for immigrants, tribal and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims? do they not feel the same pain? once again, we have to stand up and vote for equal protections for all victims. the senate seems to get what this had body does not. we are all in this together. these victims are not nameless, faceless members of some group of others. they are our friends, our neighbors, our family members. we are a nation built on justice, fairness and equal protection. we are all stronger when we uphold these ideals and protect th
. speaker, this is no time to eliminate preclearance. i'm reminded of a letter i wrote to the u.s. attorney's office, attorney general eric holder, to just in my city alone, the city of houston, to report 15 voter abuse cases. without the preclearance where would we be? or the proposal to eliminate the independent school district board of trustees, over a school district that has worked hard to survive, will be subjected to the preclearance to determine whether not only the students will be denied their right to learn in a school district they love and is fighting for their education, but that elected persons will be denied the right to serve and others denied the right to vote for them. the voting rights act protects all voters. it gives them all the right to vote, one vote one person. shelby county has raised the issue they should not be subjected to preclearance. they are beyond that. the district court, federal court decided in washington, d.c., that they were wrong. that preclearance is constitutional. and we know that well because about -- because when we had the privilege of re-autho
to be joined by u.s. attorney tenness timothy h. there was a request by the republican side it to send a witness to our next hearing on the importance of enforcement of the gun law. timothy heaphy was appointed as u.s. attorney for the western district of virginia. he has worked in private practice and taught at the university of virginia school law. mr. heaphy, thank you for joining us today. we will give you five minutes for an opening statement. your complete dimon will be part of the record. and then we will ask you questions. >> thank you chairman durbin, ranking member cruz. i am pleased and honored to speak with you about the continuing work of the united states attorney community and the department of justice to address non-related violence. this is a very person -- to address a gun-related violence. this is a very personal issue to me. i've prosecuted hundreds of gun cases in my years as a federal prosecutor, including a yearlong trial of a violent drug gang right here in washington, d.c. akron to serve as united states attorney in a district that has felt the pain -- i curren
-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., february 13, 2013. i hereby appoint the honorable doug collins to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2013, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate . the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes each, but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, for five minutes. mr. hoyer: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, the president spoke to us last night and
. sustainable debt is a myth. the number of people in federal programs has grown faster than the u.s. population and continuing to grow our federal debt is like driving with the emergency brake on. it will not get us where we want to go and do significant damage in the process. the more government borrows, the more the u.s. pays. we paid $220 billion on the interest on the debt. and this number will continue to grow unless serious reforms are made. this is a serious amendment that our constituents deserves to see pass. this amendment -- the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. messer: we'll yield him 10 more seconds. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for 10 seconds. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. the same reality the american taxpayers face every day, you cannot spend more than you earn. i thank the gentlemen for their leadership and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. van hollen: i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from indiana is recognized. mr. messer: i want to thank my colle
in the last 10 years. >> there talking about u.s. response to a potential cyber attacks from china. earl is on the phone from maryland, independent line. >> i think this problem is not going to be resolved for the simple reason -- i used to tell my children that what you accept is what you teach. americans do the same thing to iran and now want to say the reason why they do it is because of good reasons while others do it for bad reasons. good and bad is relative. because they do it for different reasons other than you, you never look at the principle of what you are doing. a lie is a lie in a matter what good reason you tell a lie for. they learn have to be deceitful like you. guest: the u.s. government is allegedly behind the seven attack in iran that destroyed several thousand nuclear centrifuges a year -- centrifuges a couple years ago. we spy on other governments. we spy on other countries create but we are not using the nsa to spy on chinese businesses. other countries are going to look at our astronauts. -- at our espionage. >> from twitter -- and this op-ed from the commentary se
.m. eastern. we're waiting for the u.s. house to gavel back in. they should be in shortly to resume debate, to vote on the rule for the re-authorization, the violence against women act. the house will be coming in momentarily. we will have live coverage when they do. elsewhere on capitol hill today, the senate judiciary committee held a hearing looking at proposed legislation in the senate on gun violence. here's part of that hearing from this morning. we cannot allow the carnage that i described to continue without taking action on what is a serious matter of public policy. and that's why i have joined with many of my colleagues, some on this committee, senator schumer, durbin, whitehouse, klobuchar, franken, blumenthal and hirono as well as many others off the committee to introduce legislation to prohibit the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. as the members of this committee know, we enacted a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines which i authored in the senate and senator schumer sponsored in the house in 1994. unfo
much. there's not much disagreement about the need. i've never met a democrat or a republican u.s. been a governor who does not think the american people should have a sense that hard work will be read -- rewarded. the work party have an opportunity. i do not know of any men and women that are a better living example of that and all be sitting in front of me. we all use the phrase move forward in a balanced way. another man's a balance is another is in balance. that is what we have got to talk about. the one thing i do not think any of the lack is a vision about how great this country can be. we ought to be able to reassert ourselves in a way that we own the 21st century. i know the guy i am about to introduce believes that but you do. let me injured -- introduce you to the president was back with the pastry chef. my friend, barack obama. >> thank you. have a seat. thank you. welcome. thank you for being here. we all have a lot on our plate. everything from our immigration system our education system our goal is to make sure that we can be an effective partner with you. i want to thank
, the u.s. was and have historically been the number one exporter of corn. years ago, we had 80% of that market. that has declined in recent years, particularly since 2007, 2007, as we have seen an increase in corn used for ethanol production. particularly, with the drought, lowest since the early 1970's. because of increased growth of production and southern hemispheres and brazil in particular, we are likely to be the number two exporter, at least on a fiscal year basis. we would like to see crops rebound this year. but because of unusual circumstances this year, a record crop in brazil, and a poor crop here in the u.s., we will likely see brazil being the number one exporter, at least for fiscal 2013. let us turn to the commodity balance sheets. there is no question, much like last year, we are coming in with very low stocks, globally, for most commodities. if you look at wheat, because of problems in the black sea region and southern europe, we production was down this year. -- wheat reduction was down this year. we know that corn, the last few years, very low stock levels.
when the u.s. faces an array of national security threats. sequester will effect military readiness. it is unacceptable we launch from one manufactured crisis to the next and americans have had enough. these are bad for the economy and make it harder for families to make ends meet. steep drops in consumer confidence during the fight over the debt limit and the fiscal cliff, the fallout, after layman brothers failure and 9/11. this has consequences. if consumers do not spend, businesses will not prosper and hire more workers. if businesses are not hiring, our economy will not grow. it is that simple. we must do all we can to restore confidence and not only the financial system but also in our ability as a country to tackle long term challenges in a responsible, bipartisan manner. in addition to congress acting on a deficit reduction plan that's balanced and promotes job creation, there are things this committee can do to help achieve these goals. from workers oversite to confirming well qualified nominees to reauthorization laws to reach consensus on the future of housing finance, th
of this committee. this work includes the report being released today that examine crime rates on the u.s. side of the southwest border. the report shows that in general, crime rates have fallen in border communities in recent years and in fact, mostly lower than crime rates in non-border communities within the same states. this data would appear to suggest that while border-related crime is a concern, border communities are largely safe places to live, work and do business. i hope to hear from ms. gambler in more detail about the report and what g.a.o.'s report indicates about security along the boardsers. finally as groundwork is being done to develop comprehensive immigration reform legislation, i want to remind our members that border security is linked to immigration matters and will be an integral part of any reform proposal. as the leading committee on border security in the house, the committee on homeland security has a long and successful history of conducting oversight of the department of homeland security's efforts tom secure our nation's borders. it is imperative that this committ
armstrong was an outstanding aeronautical engineer and a great pilot for the u.s. navy and for the national advisory committee on aeronautics, the naca, a precursor to nasa. neil flew over 900 missions at the naca, high-speed air station, and that very center is what we seek to name in his honor today. at the same time we wish to continue to recognize the major and significant contributions of dr. hugh dryden, one of the world's greatest aeronautical scientists who provided critical leadership to the naca and is reported to be the man who gave president din the idea that a moon land -- president kennedy the idea that a moon landing was the right benchmark for america to set as we worked to catch up with the soviet union in space. today we honor these great men and by supporting this legislation we will continue to support them in every way and continue to support nasa in its test flight mission. let us not forget so many people just associate nasa with space and neil armstrong is one of those people that as i've just pointed the -- pointed out, their work in developing new technology for ae
for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 354, the nays are 72. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the house will be in order. the house will be in order. would members please clear the well. for what purpose does the gentma leader, from california, seek recognition? ms. pelosi: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized, but the house is not in order. please take your conversations off the floor. the house will be in order. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. pelosi: thank you, madam speaker. i rise with great pride to pay tribute to a very distinguished american, a longtime member of the congressional staff, in fact a person who has served the congress for 38 years as a member of the staff. 30 of it for george miller, eight as my assistant in the leadership office, john lawrenc
by thanking everyone here at the u.s. chamber for hosting this event. i share many of the thoughts and feelings of the students in attendance. we are excited for the future of education. business leaders alone cannot do it. there are so many problems, taxation problems, and economical problems, that businesses alone cannot do it, but neither can students. so we are seeing a collaboration amongst different business entities, higher ed institutions. in the state of utah, we have begun by diagnosing the problem, which i think is step one. we have come together with prominent business leaders in the state to form a coalition of business leaders referred to as prosperity 2020. that is one bridge within the u.s. chamber but also within the salt lake chamber. we are all seeking to solve the solution to come up with a solution that will promote economic developments. we have tried a band-aid approach. we know there needs to be long- term changes. the needs to be greater investment in education. i spoke with a student before i came on stage. he said there was a program in virginia similar t
-be underwear bomber nearly brought down a u.s.-bound northwest airlines flight on christmas day, 2009. british intelligence authorities had notified their u.s. counterparts of a, quote, meeting with al qaeda cleric in yemen. and farooq's father had warned of his son's increasing extremism to c.i.a. officials at the u.s. embassy in nigeria. however, farooq was never added to the u.s. no-fly list, nor was his u.s. visa revoked. but for, as i understand it, him sweating too much around his poss tear year -- posterior that helped defuse the bomb and the work of heroic passengers to stop him once he tried, the crew was -- the passengers were safe, but it was certainly no thanks to the obama administration or mr. brennan. back to the article. patrick says, following this stunning and nearly fatal intelligence failure, which prompted members of both the house and senate intelligence oversight committees to call for his resignation, brennan lashed out at the obama administration's critics. in "usa today" editorial, he claimed that the quote, politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear mongering
, as do so many others who serve. the state government in massachusetts. nearly 30 years as a u.s. senator. the only committee that he served on from the day he became a senator, until its last day in the center of the foreign relations committee.-- until his last day in tas s as senator ine foreign relations committee. he grew up with a father in the foreign service. it is a family calling. i will count it as a joy but as a bittersweet sadness that my service in the senate, i got to serve with him on the foreign relations committee for one week. [laughter] i am the junior senator on that committee. i sit far out on the wing on that committee.i was together with this chair for one week. it was the first committee vote i cast was to confirm him as the new secretary. senator, you are coming to a place that believes deeply in the values that you share, as robert mentioned. president jefferson strongly believed in the connection of this wonderful exemplary nations to a world community. we have been a global leader. i always like to think about the global leadership that tries to balance milita
13th among all u.s. states. these losses will be felt by families working in arizona's defense secretaryor an military base operations. these are skilled middle class jobs. of the nearly 50,000 jobs that we expect to lose in arizona from the sequester, approximately 35,000 are linked to military readiness and base operations. furloughs will affect 10,000 civilian workers. and arizonan also experience a devastating $62 million pay cut. i come home each week and i talk about the work that we are doing in congress. most of the time i come home to listen. a few weeks ago i had the opportunity to listen to plant engineers at general dynamics in scottsdale. they showed me the high-tech, and innovative defense products coming right out of our own community. built and programmed by our friends and neighbors. this type of innovation in our own backyard is the future of our state. and that future is in danger. last week a bipartisan group of city elected officials, business leaders, and community advocates gave me a message to bring back the congress. i'm proud of their joint effort and
type of u.s. counter-terrorism activities that involve the dropping of ordnance. whether it is a remotely piloted aircraft or man, we need to take that into account, but i would not agree with those statements because what we have found in many areas is that the people are being held hostage to outcry that in these areas and have welcomed the work that the government has done to rid them of the al qaeda cancer that exists. >> finally today, this committee received the olc memos justification, labo that, many of us who have been on the committee longer than i, have been seeking for some time, and i to have spent a large part of this morning reading them. yet the obama administration within months of taking office released several olc memos describing the legal justification for the treatment of terrorist detainees in u.s. custody. do you think it was appropriate that a different standard was applied to the release of the memos from the bush administration than those produced by the obama administration? >> i do not think there was a different standard. >> one was released
said. but it is a clear path toward legal status. for those who are already in the u.s. working and paying taxes. it's a process for family reunification. it's a workable employment verification system with penalties for employers who knowingly hire people who are not in status. it is a reasonable enforcement, but i just want to say this and i want to invite congressman polis to react. we put about $18 billion into border stuff so far. i mean, one of the real things about comprehensive immigration reform is we hear people talk about the border, the border, the border. president obama has done tons on the border. for some of us too much. but the border issue is not the problem. the real problem is the other part. i yield to the gentleman from colorado to see if you have any thoughts about this matter. mr. polis: you know, another thing that's important for americans to understand about how 11 million people got here without paperwork and how this continues to occur is that more than half, more than half of the population that lives and works here illegally didn't sneak across a b
, soldiers from the active army, the army national guard and the u.s. army reserve. combined with previous cuts, this will result in a total reduction of at least 189,000 personnel from the force but probably even more than that. these reductions will impact at the army base and every installation in the army. sequestration will result in claze to every one of our 10 major modernization programs. the inability to reset our equipment after 12 years of war and unacceptable reductions in unit and individual training. these cuts will be felt across the entire country. since 2008, the total army budget will have been reduced by 37%. if sequestration is enacted it will be greater than 45%. in my opinion, sequestration is not in the best interest of our national security. it will place an unreasonable burden on the shoulders of our soldiers and civilians. we will not be able to execute the department of defense strategic guidance as we developed last year. i understand the seriousness of our country's fiscal situation. we have and we will continue to do our part, but the significance of these bud
rockets as it did this past december, will ten to conduct nuclear tests, and will continue to undermine u.s. national security interests as well as threaten our allies in the region. it is clear that north korea is not now nor has it ever been an honest broker and has never lived up to its international obligations. the time for engagement has long since passed, mr. speaker. kim has made his priorities compleer. to obtain nuclear weapons and to support, finance, and equip rogue regimes such as iran and syria. such support to these state sponsors of terrorism should be more than enough for us in the united states to redesignate north korea on the terrorist list. and so i introduced a bipartisan bill earlier this week, the north korea sanctions and diplomatic nonrecognition act of 2013, that would do exactly that. this is a critical moment for our allies in asia and the united states must reaffirm our unwavering support to our allies , south korea and japan. i urge my colleagues to join us in condemning nork fork for its repeated provocations and violations of u.n. security resolutions. mr. r
's different? we have seen an enormous increase in the u.s. trade deficit, especially with countries like china. today, they happened to release a report that looked at the effect of currency manipulation, perhaps the single most important factor and explain the growth of our trade deficit. eliminating the trade deficit or eliminating currency manipulation could reduce the trade as a by roughly $190-$490 billion. doing this would increase manufacturing employment by up to 1 million jobs. that's a big downpayments in the whole we have created in manufacturing and employment. one thing we need to do is create demand. that is what we did do but we did not do that in the last decade. we need to shift the demand to domestic produced goods resulting in the hiring of domestic workers. manufacturing jobs are amongst the best for workers especially for those without a college degree. high wages, good benefits. >> bruce, you worked in washington, d.c., and brookings is right off dupont. >> i am mostly on a plane. >> industrial policy is a dirty word. if you go to any other domestic place, it will land yo
business. >> for natural gas and exports but u.s. masters are worried they could be impacted. is this allowing to exports and natural gas to japan? >> i appreciate the question. i'm sure we'll have a preview for you with the prime minister. i don't want to negotiate with our important allies. i'm sure we'll have more to say about this tomorrow and friday. >> what is the president's plan to prevent the sequestration from happening? you've talked about budget cuts -- what are those cuts he's proposaling? >> you can go to white house.gov and look at the reporting done and the information we provided on the offer that the president made to the speaker of the house in december in great detail, put forward the spending cuts that of the president supported and put forth, as well as the saving from the entitlement reforms. here's to me the fundamental aspect of this. if we all agree in washington, republicans if i they live in a perfect world earn there were republicans in washington in the country, they would only cut spending and not raise revenues. democrats would only raise reve
, the afghan president karzai on sunday ordered all u.s. special forces to leave within two weeks and requested their operations are ceased immediately which neighbors in kabul is viewed as a gateway to the capital, is used as counterinsurgency efforts in recent years. why do we fund a man that doesn't like us? i don't understand that at all. how in the world account congress in its wisdom not speak out and say, listen, you're talking about a 10-year agreement after 2014? how can a country that's financially broke commit to 10 more years after 2014? i do not understand that. in fact, i have introduced with rosa delauro h.r. 125, the congressional oversight of afghanistan agreement act of 2013, which is a bipartisan bill introduced by us and we are reaching out to our other colleagues to say, congress, let's get on the floor, let's debate whether we should stay there 10 years after 2014 or not. mr. speaker, i sincerely believe that the american people would back this legislation because the american people have seen the total chaos right here this week, last week and the next couple weeks to com
documentation from the u.s. army or philippine government attesting their service. simply put, these men fought so the allies could defeet the japanese in the pacific. if they could show they fought, let's fulfill their promise to them so they could live out their years knowing the united states has officially recognized their service. i have met with them many times in las vegas. all they want is to be recognized. it's not about the money to them. they want to know that their service was appreciated, that their sacrifices did not go unnoticed. as i attended the funeral last week, no flag draped his casket. no honor guard was present. and there was no playing of taps. there was no official recognition of his dedicated military service. and that, mr. speaker, was wrong. i'd like to thank my friends and brother veterans for their service to our country, their passion and dedication to this cause will be missed. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to join me in fighting to ensure these honorable world war ii veterans are appropriately recognized and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro
problem -- 7 >> our video library at c-span.org. the u.s. house has gaveled back in to begin debate on president obama to submit to congress a proposal for balancing the budget over the next 10 years. live coverage here on c-span. the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill, h.r. 444, to require that, if the president's fiscal year 2014 budget does not achieve balance in a fiscal year covered by such budget, the president shall submit a supplemental unified budget by april 1, 2013, which identifies a fiscal year in which balanced is you a -- balance is achieved and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided among and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the budget or their respective designees. after general debate, the bill shall be co
going on so that we together, u.s. can begin to actually solve the problems on the basis of data that is accurate and understandable so that we can fix things. it is possible to do. you are correct. >> anybody else want to jump in? >> that is one of the principals, the idea of the financial. we all have differences of opinion about how we should navigate through these challenging financial times and we should have those disagreements and argue about them passionately, but if we do not begin with a common understanding of what the challenges are in the short term and long term and if there is not the mechanism to report that regularly to the congress, i think it's just compounds the problem. you're absolutely right. >> one of the agenda items "no labels" is considering is non-partisan staff rather than having a democratic staff and the republican staff could your information. you're supposed to regurgitated. you can have nonpartisan staff and everyone have a common set of information and then you will ask the appropriate questions to u.s. citizens and our colleagues. [applause] >>
morning. can you see "washington journal" every morning here on c-span. the u.s. house is in recess until 1:30 eastern when members return they will continue working on a bill that would continue a pay freeze for federal workers. it's been in effect since 2010. president obama issued an executive order allowing a half percent pay increase which would get under way march 27. and can you see live coverage of the house when members return. again that will be at 1:30 eastern right here on c-span. short time ago house speaker john boehner held his weekly briefing answering reporters' questions. here's a look. >> happy valentine's day. in two weeks we'll haval storied ceremony here in the united states capitol. the house and senate leaders will gather to unveil a statue of civil rights icon rosa parks. this will be the first statue of a african-american woman to be placed here in the capitol. and i can't think of a more fitting honor for a great american hero who still inspires us all. on tuesday the president laid out his agenda, and it's one i largely disagreed with. admittably i think it lac
for several years in the u.s. department of state for political military affairs. we also have with us dan lohrmann, chief security officer for the state of michigan. i do believe he is a native of maryland. he began his career as a computer systems analyst with the national security agency and served in a variety of positions in the public and private sector for over 25 years. he served as chief information officer at in 1997 for the michigan department of management and budget. in october 2011 he was appointed the first security officer by gov. rick schneider. thank you both. let's begin with richard. >> thank you. thank you for the opportunity. a lot of press has been devoted to this issue of cyber security including the president saying foreign entities had hacked their way into our power grid controls and that they were stealing our industrial secrets. the national intelligence estimate which you hear about tomorrow has concluded. we can say this in an open meeting that there is a pandemic of a foreign s&p not going after our companies, research institutions, throughout the country. p
would not take a look at. it is a strength to the economy. the u.s. banking system has been resilient. any your, it is more dominated by these large megabanks that are enormous. maybe it is a source of strength for the american economy. host: garden city, new york. hello. caller: thank you for taking my call. i have a question. i would like to look at -- actually, if your guest can talk about at a more granular level, yes, personal income has increased. can you break it down to how much of that increase came from interest income, stocks, etc., versus people who are just middle to lower middle class who just get their personal income from their salaries? guest: you have a chart here taking a look at investment income. host: it talks about personal income receipts guest: this looks at interest and dividend income. interest rates are still quite low. interest income is low. dividend income has been improving as corporate profits have returned and so forth. if you look at the chart, we are below the level we were at before the recession. there was an increased in 2012 of 3.8%. it accounte
. he never had a supreme court nomination to make, but he literally changed the complexion of the u.s. judiciary. he looked around at the judges and said, you know, they all look like me. [laughter] that is not the great u.s.a., so i am going to look for judicial appointees in places where no one looked before. i am going to appoint members of minority groups and women in numbers. president carter did that on the whole. i think the american bar association ranked his appointees higher than his predecessors. he had only four years. he nominated and confirmed 11 women to court of appeals over 25 district courts. no president ever went back fully to the way it was. president reagan did not want to be outdone, so he determined to appoint the first woman to the u.s. supreme court. he made a nationwide search and he came up with a superb choice in justice sandra day o'connor. i had hoped when i was in law school that i would be able to get the job as a lawyer. [laughter] you know, these were pre-title 7 days. both harvard and columbia, many of them said men only. i do not know how many time
. you are also going to have labor and business involved in this debate. starting with the u.s. chamber of commerce as well as the afl-cio and the service employees international union. >> what issues are same-sex partners hoping to be included in an immigration bill? >> essentially they're hoping to be treated the same as straight couples. essentially if you're a u.s. citizen you could sponsor your partner for a green card. but this is an -- but this isn't afforded to if your partner is of the same-sex. so essentially they want to get that straightened out and fix. it's gotten support from the white house as well as the congressional hispanic caucus. so they definitely have some powerful players in their corner. they felt that they were ignore in the senate reform principles that were put out. so that's going to be a big hurdle for them to clear. >> business leaders have a stake in making changes to visas and guest worker programs. what are they looking for? >> essentially what they're looking for is to remove arbitrary caps on several of these visa programs. a lot of these visa progra
said, an abrupt spending sequester could cause a u.s. recession. do you recommend an austerity path at this point? what should we be doing that's different than the european austerity experiment that appears to have ended so badly for them? >> we have not studied each of the european countries and there are many factors that affect their economic performance but the recessions and economic crackses that have occurred in -- contractions that have occurred are consistent with the analysis we have been offering to the congress for many years now that raising taxes and cutting spending at a time when the economy is already weak and the federal reserve is limited in its further options to support the economy, will tend to reduce output and jobs relative to what would occur if fiscal policy were not tightened in those ways. >> you are predicting a more than 1% difference in g.d.p. as a result of that if we don't manage the sequester properly, correct? >> without any of the fiscal tightening it, the sequester itself represents about six-tenths of 1% of g.d.p. growth and 750,000 jobs by the
ratio i mention was for the entire u.s. farm sector. as i said earlier, you have to be careful of the aggregate. let me see if we can coax out of the numbers and i can go back and see if we can get a breakout for those numbers and get back to you. obviously this year there's no question if you are a field crop producer with high rebels, a revenue product of crop insurance is a big news and help you maintain, you know, i've set lassies. >> thank you. and to dr. pulwarty, imagine the collaboration between 79 and usda to better handle drought and drought situation. are there any other tools you can think of that would help us in minimizing the impact of these drought? >> thank you for the question. there's several practices that are there, people that have been doing for a long time. that's why they're still there. from the standpoint of an understanding, there's a lot that can be learned from this event are going through that can help us save up longer-term risks. i think other mentioned knowing the facts things we put into place up front for a long time, we've learned you can sa
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